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Aquagirls swim past Indians in home meet

Depth is good in swimming. NCMP’s Aquagirls boast their largest team in years this season.

Going up against a much smaller Oskaloosa swim team on Tuesday, the hosting Aquagirls won 10 of the 11 varsity races. They finished 1-2-3 in six of the eight individual events and went 1-2 in all three relay races.

NCMP won the varsity dual, 134-28. The Aquagirls are 3-1 in dual action this season.

The NCMP junior varsity swept all 11 races against Oskaloosa, winning 124-21.

“We were able to mix up the lineup a little bit to give some girls a break from their usual events, so that was fun,” NCMP head coach Sarah Patterson said. “We are in a training phase of the season, so the girls have to swim with some fatigue. This phase required that they push through soreness and heaviness and compete as hard as they can. I feel like we responded well.”

NCMP opened its home meet at Newton’s YMCA pool by winning the 200-meter medley relay. The team of Lakin Jenkins, Lindsey Blommers, Hannah Nedder and Courtney Dawson set the pace with a win in 2 minutes, 10.86 seconds.

The foursome of Rachel Boll, Kenzie VanMaanen, Makenna Brooks and Lauren Zaabel placed second in the relay race. It’s time was 2:19.42.

Rachel Boll combined with Van Maanen, Dawson and Alex Inskeep to win the 200 freestyle relay in 2:05.53. Maggie Garrett, Emma Thomas, Allison Paulius and Brooks took second in 2:09.66.

The Aquagirls wrapped up the meet with the same pattern in the 400 freestyle relay.

The team of Inskeep, Nedder, Jenkins and Blommers claimed the win in 4:28.77. NCMP’s foursome of Natalie Boll, Dawson, Zaabel and Brooks was second in 4:41.59.

“Alex Inskeep is our top mid-distance swimmer and won the 200 freestyle looking strong,” Patterson said. “She is such a motivated individual and fun to coach.”

Inskeep won the 200 freestyle in 2:28.85 followed by Paulius in 2:38.34. Chloe Kibbee was third in 2:50.77.

Natalie Boll claimed the 200 individual medley win in 2:53.83. Grace Benson was third in 3:07.28 and Dawson placed fourth in 3:08.54.

Blommers was a double winner in the 50 free and 100 breaststroke. She took the 50 in 29.71 seconds followed by Jenkins in 30.39 and Erika Van Sickle in 31.76.

In the 100 breaststroke, Blommers continues to dominate winning in 1:17.29. VanMaanen was second in 1:24.93 and Paulius was third in 1:26.41.

Jenkins led a 1-2-3 finish in the 100 backstroke in 1:12.31. Nedder was second in 1:15.41 and Natalie Boll was third in 1:20.63.

“Lakin continues to refine her 100 backstroke,” Patterson said. “Freshman Lauren Zaabel won the 400 freestyle. She is a worker.”

Zaabel’s winning time was 5:23.99. VanMaanen took second in 5:28.68 and Arabella Eide was third in 5:45.08.

The lone win by Oskaloosa came in the 100 freestyle as Veronica Bolibaugh out-touched NCMP’s Brooks — 1:09.39 to 1:09.51. Rachel Boll finished third in 1:11.96 and Benson was fourth in 1:13.27.

Nedder posted a winning time of 1:11.73 in the 100 butterfly. Inskeep was second in 1:18.85 and Abbie Hill placed third in 1:31.55.

“Hannah is learning to swim tired. It’s going to be fun to see her taper,” Patterson said. “Kenna Brooks and Erika Van Sickle both had fantastic relay splits last night. Looking forward to seeing them swim relays at Waukee.”

NCMP travels to Waukee on Thursday to swim against host Waukee and Marshalltown. Races begin at 5:30 p.m. and the Aquagirl divers will compete also.

For the NCMP junior varsity, Patterson said some of the great swims Tuesday were from freshman Emily Mills in winning the 200 freestyle, Maggie Garrett winning the 200 individual medley and Liv Barnes dominating the 50 freestyle.

“Liv looked fantastic winning the 50 and Camilla Schlosser won the 100 butterfly and swam tough for the whole fourth lengths,” Patterson said. “Kali Smith swam her first 100 fly and we were so proud of her.”

Patterson said Molly Coy won the 100 freestyle demonstrating her versatility. Swimming her first 400 freestyle was Hailey Trease and winning the race.

“She (Trease) is really loving the training and pushing herself out of her comfort zone,” Patterson said. “Senior Mariah Petro is a beast, competing in the 200 IM and the 400 freestyle in which she was about one second away from her personal best time.”

Maggie Williams won her first junior varsity event in the 100 backstroke and Emma Thomas won the 100 breaststroke.

NCMP won all three junior varsity relay races against Oskaloosa.

The winning 200 medley relay team was Trease, Eide, Jaden Hunter and Dani Dalasta in 2L40.34.

The winning 200 freestyle relay team was Kathryn Van Manen, Emily Mills, Schlosser and Petro in 2:27.30.

Winning the 400 freestyle relay race was the team of Trease, Dalasta, Mills and Hill in 5:21.32.

Contact Jocelyn Sheets at
641-792-3121 ext. 6535 or

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